Managed to grab another couple of wins as we closed out our road league games, beating Ryerson 60-59 and Toronto 71-44. This runs our league record to 16-0, and ensures us a playoff bye in the first round. We will close out the regular season over the next two weekends at home. We held steady at the #4 spot in the National Polls. Our next opponent is Carleton – currently ranked #5.
Q’s SID Feature Article: http://gogaelsgo.com/news/2017/2/1/basketball-w-an-inside-look-the-only-undefeated-team-in-u-sports-womens-hoops-the-no-4-gaels.aspx?path=wbball
Queen’s 60 – Ryerson 59
After needing overtime to beat Ryerson 79-75 on January 13th, it wasn’t surprising to see this game as close as it was. Despite going down 5 points at the beginning of the game, our pressure keyed our success, grabbing 4 steals in the opening quarter, leading to 6 points. We held a 14-11 lead after one. The trend continued in the second quarter, as we grabbed another 4 steals, while stiffening our defense further. We outscored Ryerson 19 to 9 to go into half time with a 33-20 lead. The third quarter was a back and forth affair, with neither team able to mount any kind of run. We extended our lead by two, outscoring Ryerson 14-12 on the strength of our rebounding (51-35 at this point). Ryerson went on a tear to begin the fourth quarter putting 16 of the first 18 points in the quarter, making it a one-point game. Shortly afterward, they would tie it up at 58. We were shooting a dismal 25% to their blistering 67%. A tough driving hoop by Emily Hazlett put us up 2, followed by a foul shot by Ryerson to close within one. A last second inbound play by Ryerson missed the mark, leaving us with a very fortunate 60-59 win. Hazlett finished with a season-high 15 points, along with 4 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists. Robyn Pearson had another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Abby Dixon finished with 11 points and 4 steals.
Queen’s 71 – Toronto 44
We jumped out to a 7-point lead early in the quarter, but struggled with our finishing, only shooting 25%. We did, however, hold Toronto to 14% shooting and led 14-7 after the first quarter. Despite improving our shooting in the second quarter, our defense was a little looser. After going up 9 points, Toronto battled back to within 2 points, before we settled down to rebuild a 9-point half time lead, 30-21. We played a very solid third quarter, racking up 24 points on 48% shooting, while holding Toronto to 11 points on 22% shooting. We led 54-32 after three. Determined not to let Toronto claw its way back into the game, we kept the pressure on and finished with a 17-12 quarter and the 71-44 win. Robyn Pearson had a very efficient 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Marianne Alarie was solid with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 steals.
Up Next at Home:
Friday, February 10 vs. Carleton 6pm
Saturday, February 11 vs. Ottawa 6pm
Friday, February 17 vs. York 6pm (Graduating Athlete Night)
Have a great week!